• Kidnapped by the Taliban

    Kidnapped by the Taliban A Story of Terror, Hope, and Rescue by SEAL Team Six By Dilip Joseph with James Lund Published by Thomas Nelson – W Publishing “The AK-47s were the elephants in the room—we all knew they were there. In most cultures it wouldn’t be considered polite to bring assault rifles into a home. Security concerns apparently trumped manners on this night.” -Dilip Joseph, M.D., Kidnapped By The Taliban. Slow start to what turned out to be an inspiring read, once I waded through the obligatory backstory.  As the title suggests, Kidnapped By The Taliban begins in the midst of author and medical doctor Dilip Joseph’s captivity by…

  • Vision Map

    Vision Map Charting a Step-by-Step Course for Your Biggest Hopes and Dreams By Joel Malm Published by Moody Publishers “There is a problem that God has placed you on this earth to solve. You have a unique message to share with the world that will bring God glory.” (Joel Malm, Vision Map) Highly recommend! Take the first step in clarifying your calling by picking up a copy of this quick-reading, powerful book. Vision Map is written as a how-to for anyone with a God-led, God-sized vision. With strong Biblical advice woven throughout the book, author Joel Malm points the reader to God’s Word time and again, grounding his ideas in…

  • Invasion

    Invasion By Jon Lewis Published by Thomas Nelson Ok. I just couldn’t get into this book. I mean really?  Are you ready for an alien invasion of earth? … “Think of it this way. The membrane that separates our world from others is getting thin in spots, and if our teams don’t catch where they rip, things slip through.” “I thought that’s been happening forever. I mean, that’s how stuff like the Loch Ness monster got here, right?” “Yeah, except it’s been happening more often. There’re so many weak spots we can’t keep up.” “Is there going to be an invasion?” Colt asked. From the way Oz looked at him,…

  • Love & Respect Experience

    The Love & Respect Experience A Husband-Friendly Devotional that Wives Truly Love By Emerson Eggerichs Published by Thomas Nelson Dr. Emerson Eggerichs did not originate the idea of love and respect in marriage. Marriage, as well as love and respect within marriage are God’s ideas. Specifically, God, through the apostle Paul wrote in the book of Ephesians: “However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.” (Ephesians 5:33 NIV) Eggerichs has taken the intertwined, God ordained concepts of love and respect and developed an entire study series for married couples. The study series includes books, videos and conferences…

  • A Most Unsuitable Match

    A Most Unsuitable Match By Stephanie Grace Whitson Published by Bethany House Publishers Nice relaxing read.  I thoroughly enjoyed being swept away in time and place from sophisticated St. Charles, Missouri, into the wild Montana Territory, late 1800’s. The story opens as free-spirited, eighteen-year-old Fannie Rousseau grapples with making her own way out of her sheltered world with only her lifelong handmaid and friend left at her side.  As Fannie uncovers a bundle of letters written to her recently deceased mother, topped with an unfamiliar photograph, she embarks on an adventure that proves to be the journey of her life. The beginning did start out just a bit slow, switching…

  • Three Cups

    Three Cups By Tony Townsley with Mark St. Germain Published by Thomas Nelson Through a story of a little boy receiving three nondescript cups for his birthday, authors Tony Townsley and Mark St. Germain teach the principles of financial stewardship to young and not-so-young readers alike. Told in first person from the perspective of a five-year-old boy, who is none too excited to open his birthday gift only finding three cups that he recognized from his family’s own cupboard. When his mother shows him the accompanying envelope of money, she explains he will now be receiving a weekly allowance.  She continues to explain how he is to divide his allowance…

  • Heaven is for Real for Kids

    Heaven is for Real for Kids A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back By Todd & Sonja Burpo Published by Thomas Nelson Although I have heard about the grown-up version of Heaven is for Real, but have not read it as of yet, I was excited to have the opportunity to review Heaven is for Real for Kids. Being a mother of three young children, I am always happy to see Christian books geared toward kids.  And this book does not disappoint. Very captivating and well illustrated, Heaven is for Real for Kids is the story of Colton Burpo’s “trip to heaven and back” when…

  • Just In Case You Ever Wonder

    Just In Case You Ever Wonder By Max Lucado Published by Thomas Nelson I was so excited to see Just In Case You Ever Wonder in the list of books available for review through BookSneeze from Thomas Nelson Publishers.  I have been reading this book to my now nine-year-old boys and five-year-old daughter since they were small.  As all my children are adopted and have their own unique stories, I have enjoyed adapting the storyline to fit their specific circumstances as I read it to them.  It has always been priority to be sure my children know about God and His saving grace through His Son Jesus Christ.  Just In…

  • The Encounter

    The Encounter Sometimes God Has to Intervene By Stephen Arterburn Published by Thomas Nelson Though the story related in The Encounter is fictional, Arterburn explains that he developed the story through a compilation two true stories. The book is basically divided into two parts, the first being the fictional story itself of The Encounter.  The second part is the brief retelling for the two true stories, followed by a few “questions and concepts” Arterburn has included to help the reader in dealing with their own similar personal issues. The storyline is centered around the life a man named Jonathan Rush. Rush is returning to his hometown of Fairbanks, Alaska in…

  • Dug Down Deep

    Dug Down Deep Unearthing What I Believe and Why It Matters By Joshua Harris Published by Multnomah Books Written by established author and speaker Joshua Harris, Dug Down Deep is well written and addresses many common theological issues in a way that is fairly easy to understand. Harris is the son of a Gregg and Sono Harris, pioneers in the Christian homeschooling movement beginning in the early 1980’s. One of seven children, Joshua is joined in the writing and speaking arena by his younger, twin brothers Alex and Brett Harris. In Dug Down Deep Harris’s well rounded and biblically sound foundational upbringing shines through.  He unapologetically but easily discusses many…